I discovered Alexey Kljatov ten years ago but his macro snowflakes have lost nothing of their fascination. What makes these images even better is the fact that he takes them with a simple point-and-shoot camera, since “patience, persistence and luck mean much more than any expensive photo technique” he explains. By taping a Soviet-made lens in front of his Canon Powershot, Kljatov transformed the 10-year-old camera into a powerful microscope.
Snowflakes, these tiny crystalline masterpieces around 1 millimeter in size, emerge from the unique interplay between temperature and moisture in the atmosphere, each as different from the next as one person is from another. Despite their brief existence, they are a testament to the limitless creativity woven into the fabric of the natural world.
How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated! I should hardly admire more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat.
Henry David Thoreau